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Harrigan's Bar and Restaurant, Newbridge.

Harrigans

Main Street, Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland.

+353 (0) 45 487 704

Price: € 0-60 (for two with wine)

Hours: Lunch: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dinner: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Review

Harrigan’s Bar and Restaurant is on the Main Street of Newbridge, Co. Kildare. It is situated directly across the road from Riverbank Arts Centre, as visitors enter the town from the Naas side. Harrigans is a large premises that has been a fixture in the town in one form or another since 1861, when it was known as the Prince Edward hotel, and owned by a gentleman by the name of Harrigan whose name hangs over the door today.

Newbridge has a history rich in early Christian settlement. The Town dates from the 12th century and is made up of six ancient parishes and portions of others. The area also has a strong industrial background with industry such as rope and carpet making dating back to the early 1930's and also silverware is crafted at the famous Newbridge Silver plant. We were going for a bite before a trip to the movies at UCI, so me and my daughter Abigail arrived around seven on a Saturday evening.

Harrigan’s is very stylishly decorated inside in an essentially traditional manner. Heavy dark wooden tables are complemented by leather banquette seats and heavy wooden chairs with leather seats, Wooden panelling runs around the wall, and large gilt framed mirrors decorate the walls. The bar is at the front, with the restaurant section at the back of the building in a separated space. The restaurant is split level, with a curved wooden wall separating the two levels. We are shown to a table by the very friendly manager, Ola, who runs the room with charm and professionalism, has a word for everyone and seems to know most of the customers well.

The menus are large cards with the food choices on one side and the wine list on the other. There are a couple of special price options; two courses for €19.95, or two courses for two people and a bottle of wine for €49.95, both of which are great value on this menu. Starters include favourites like chicken wings, duck spring rolls, clonakilty black pudding and apple salad, sweet and sticky ribs or a warm duck noodle salad. They are individually prices between €5 and €8. The main courses offer choices such as Parma wrapped breast of chicken, pan-fried sea bass, Thai green curry, braised pork belly and a choice of four steaks, chargrilled to order and served with salad, home made fries and sautéed onions and mushrooms.

We decided to go with the two course option, with me ordering a starter and main course, and Abigail ordering a main and dessert. We both agreed on the Clonakilty salad for the starter, while Abigail had the cod specials and I chose the 16 oz T-bone steak. The starter was a winner; baby gem leaves in a honey and mustard style dressing with four pieces of black pudding and thinly slices pieces of apple. We are both black pudding fans, so there wasn’t much that could go wrong here, and it was very tasty and light.

The main courses were both quite large, Abigail’s pan seared fillet of cod came with a fennel puree, tomato and leek fondue, all served atop basil mash. This was a very well judged dish, a perfectly cooked piece of fish; with great flavours on the plate meant Abi was a very happy bunny. My steak came on a wooden board, a large steak sitting on the onions and mushrooms, with dressed leaves and a grilled tomato. The fries were served on the side in a steel replica deep fryer basket, which I haven’t actually seen before, but I thought it was a nice touch. The steak was perfectly cooked rare as requested, and if there was anything to moan about here it was the generosity of the portion.

We were sharing our dessert, which was a good thing, and from a choice of lemon tart, sticky toffee pudding, Malteser sundae and chocolate fondant, the chocolate got it. A good choice, very chocolaty, not too sweet, or two big, it came with homemade ice cream and along with two coffees, we enjoyed our meal tremendously. Our bill came to just under €44 to which we added a generous tip for very good service.


Main Street, Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland.

+353 (0) 45 487 704

Price: € 0-60 (for two with wine)

Hours: Lunch: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dinner: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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